Bangkok's famed street food stalls re-open as latest lockdown is eased

Street food stands in Bangkok re-opened on Wednesday 1 September as the Thai capital's latest pandemic restrictions were finally eased. Video locals tucking into their lunch at the stalls, which were previously prevented from having 'dine-in' customers. The latest lockdown was implemented to curb a rapid rise in Covid-19 infections, driven in part by the infectious Delta variant of the disease. But the number of new infections has been falling in Thailand for the previous seven days, prompting ministers to relax some of the restrictions. Planes can now fly to different provinces around the country, restaurants have re-opened and locals can visit shopping malls and outdoor parks as well as salons and massage shops. However, a 9pm curfew remains in place and nightlife venues such as bars and nightclubs will remain closed indefinitely. Thailand has recorded 11,841 Covid-19 deaths and 1,219,531 cases as of September 1. Ministers hope that a vaccine roll-out will help them to re-open the whole country before the end of October.

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